This is not your average book. It's not some highly polished work of fiction you see being churned out in the mainstream nowadays. Sure those kind of book can be entertaining, but Roland is just good on a totally different level. Of course, Jonjak being and independent writer means it has it's flaws. But who cares! It's more than made up for by the quality of the writing. At times reading the book invoked some strong emotions in me, ranging from laughing out loud to bloody angry to utter depression. It can be beautiful, inspiring and sometimes downright funny. Like the other reviewers said, it is highly critical of modern society, and rightly so if you ask me! But it's not just bashing the way we live today. It's filled with the strong message that there are other ways. Possibly even better ways.
It's about a guy named Roland, who's quite crazy by all modern standards. Being a certified lunatic, he takes just about every psychoactive medicine known to man. This leaves it's mark of course, mainly in the regular appearance of figments of his imagination like `Defendorbots', dark cloud assasins, and of course the Leering Skull of All Things Evil just to name a few. Along with Roland's cynical interpretation of the people around him, this leads to some very amusing writing, which at times even reminded me of Douglas Adams' wacky style.
But as the book progresses, a more serious note emerges. The more you read it, the more you come to think that it is not Roland that is crazy. It's the world that's crazy! Is he really crazy to think it is immoral for the filthy rich to just sit on their money while there are millions of people out there starving to death? Is he really that insane to be content with a honest janitor job and sending most of his money away to charity? Roland doesn't want to conform to a world filled with greedy, shallow people frantically elbowing their way up the social ladder. And yet, he wants to fit in. To belong somewhere where people don't look down on him and scorn his ideas.
Most of the time though, he's just content with a pat on the shoulder from his imaginary friend Pinnacle Supreme. But saving the world from imaginary enemies, trying to convince people to see things his way and waking up in the gutter in some place he's never seen before doesn't make his life any easier. And of course it only gets worse when he falls in love.
Don't think it's some kind of finger waving do-as-I-say book though. It has burglary, extortion, the four horsemen of the apocalypse and even an ancient sword possibly forged by lightning! It ends in a grand, cataclysmic final battle because as we all know, "you couldn't end a movie without a great big shootout."
This book is definitely worth the read. It's a work of fiction with a strong wink at reality. Reading it leaves you looking just a little bit different at the world. Maybe even change your living room arrangements. On the other hand it's sometimes filled with eye-twisting, stomach churning action, all while being extremely comical.